How to Support Your Team in Times of Turmoil
How do you support your team in times of turmoil? Utilize these four strategies below.
The past two years have been challenging for not just businesses to navigate, but employees as well. The COVID-19 pandemic resulted in high levels of anxiety, depression and grief. Societal and political issues have remained a constant source of stress. And now, rising inflation and fears of a recession are further burdening an already strained workforce.
As a leader, you may be asking yourself, how can I support my team in times of turmoil? Following are four tips for doing so.
1. Hold Regular Check-Ins
Schedule and build in time to check in with your employees. Ask how they’re feeling and to let you know what areas are causing them stress. You may not be able to solve every issue, but knowledge is power, and employees will appreciate the fact you cared to even ask.
2. Be Aware of Outside Influences
Be aware of outside influences that could be affecting your team’s mental health and ability to function well, such as the economy and recent news. If necessary, hold an open conversation recognizing that employees may be having a hard time focusing right now, and that you understand. Providing an outlet can go a long way in helping teams re-focus while at work. This also showcases you recognize employees are human, and not just robots automated to do a specific job.
3. Prioritize Employee Health and Well-being
We are in the fitness and wellness industry after all. Check in with your teams and ensure they’re taking plenty of walking, standing and exercise breaks, and overall, are prioritizing their physical health.
Encourage teammates to prioritize their mental health as well. Make it clear “mental health” days are OK to take when necessary, and encourage them to speak up if their mental health is suffering.
4. Showcase Gratitude
One of the best ways you can support your team is showcasing gratitude for a job well done. Recognize employees privately and publicly, and look for opportunities to have fun and build connections. This can go a long way in supporting your team in times of turmoil.
Remember: Regardless of the circumstances, as a leader it’s your job to ensure your employees feel supported and heard. You will benefit with increased employee engagement and retention — in good times and bad.